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This bustling and vibrant capital of the Languedoc is a centre of education, the arts, culture and shopping. A revitalised and original town centre has a superb pedestrianised area. The Jardin des Plantes is one of the loveliest in Europe and the oldest in France. Two tram lines (with a third planned) makes the city easy to negotiate and a wide choice of restaurants and cinemas (some showing films in English) make this a must-see place. Odysseum is a huge new up-market shopping area on the outskirts, which includes an IKEA store.
Perpignan is a Catalan city between the mountains and the sea and is the gateway to Spain. It is a wonderful place to visit with lots of places of historical interest to visit as well as plenty of restaurants, cafés, shops of every description as well as festivals and much more. It is a very busy and popular destination and well worth a visit. Every September there is a festival of photo-journalism.
Many holidaymakers who drive down to this region travel across the Millau Viaduct. The bridge (pictured left) spans the valley of the River Tarn and was designed by architect Norman Foster in collaboration with French engineer Michel Virlogeux. It is the tallest traffic bridge in the world and worth a visit. Reasonably close to the bridge is the famous cheese-making village of Roquefort where you can visit the caves to taste and buy the famous blue-veined cheese.